Putting your pets first, The Vet Clinic, 2 Mill Road, Midleton

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The American actor Will Rogers once said, ‘I have always felt that the best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. They can’t ask their patients what the matter is – they’ve just got to know.’

While we agree with the first half of this sentiment, Harry – a Border Collie – is making the second half a little bit difficult to agree with, writes Becky Grice. Sat in the reception area of The Vet Clinic on Midleton’s Mill Road, the Midleton & District News is being stared at by Harry. Although he can’t utter a word, he’s making it blatantly clear that he’s a) been fed only water and gruel for at least three weeks, b) is owned by the real-life equivalent of Cruella de Vil and c) has never lost a staring contest in his life.

But, when vet Lisa McAuliffe walks into the room, Harry’s suddenly the epitome of canine cheer. Tail wagging, eyes bright, he sits pointedly at her feet, suggesting that a soothing ear scratch would be much appreciated. She obliges, as Harry’s owner – Student Veterinary Nurse, Flora MacDonald, rolls her eyes. ‘He knows just what he’s doing,’ she says.

At The Vet Clinic, he’s not the only one.

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